Providence Swedish South Puget Sound welcomes new class of residents!

July 27, 2023 Providence News Team

Learn more about our residency programs and our new residents.

St. Peter Family Medicine Residency

The Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Program provides comprehensive, full-scope family medicine training in a community-based hospital setting. It has been recognized as a high-level patient-centered medical home and has been training residents to be excellent full-scope family physicians for almost 30 years.

Dr. Lillie Blair

Dr. Blair is a Pacific NW native and calls the small town of Kalama her hometown. She attended Seattle Pacific University after high school, completing her degree in Physiology. During her college years she worked as a nursing assistant at various nursing homes and on the post-op surgical floor. She also served as a teaching aid for general biology and organic chemistry. Dr. Blair went to medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific NW. While in medical school, she completed the Lifestyle Medicine Track and continues to have a special interest in behavioral changes to promote wellness. She participated in research involving women’s health and plans to continue pursuing her interest in reproductive health. Dr. Blair chose Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency because as a medical student, she completed a rotation with the program and felt welcomed by all and enjoyed the location and patient population. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking with her family all over Washington, cooking, weightlifting and listening to live music.

Dr. Jasmine James

Dr. James comes to us with midwest roots. She has a background in political science and public health and global health and attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She has a deep love for travel and learning and enjoys music, good food and good people!

Dr. Jonathan Kreger

Dr. Kreger was born in Houston, TX but moved to El Paso, TX, at a young age. In his life before medicine, Jonathan held many jobs. He has had many experiences from different walks of life, from massage therapist to financial counselor, gas station clerk to microbiologist, concert promoter to toxicologist, and even worked as a financial counselor and microbiology tech at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Jonathan studied biology at St. Martin University in Lacey, WA, and attended medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. During medical school, he was the president of the family medicine club. He served on the board of the New Mexico Academy of Family Medicine, where he was involved in helping his local and statewide community. Service to local communities drove Jonathan to family medicine and continues to motivate him. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf poorly, pretending to be a musician, and finding new and exciting food and drink.

Dr. Melanie Ledding

Dr. Ledding was born in North Vancouver, B.C. Canada where she spent her childhood. She attended Capilano University for her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies, then spent the next few years working as a legal/personal assistant in a law firm before attending William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her passions in medicine lie in preventative care, and lifestyle medicine. During medical school, she volunteered with Camp Kandu, a camp that provides medical care and educational outreach to children with type 1 diabetes and their families. She chose to go into family medicine because she enjoys building long-term relationships with her patients and having a meaningful impact on their lives. Dr. Ledding is thrilled to have returned to the rainy Pacific Northwest of her childhood after spending four years in the heat and humidity of the deep South. She is excited to explore the beautiful natural landscapes of the area. She also enjoys playing ice hockey, listening to true crime podcasts, and knitting gifts for family and friends. 

Dr. Julia Leep-Lazar

Dr. Leep-Lazar grew up in Bethesda, MD and then headed to Allentown, PA for her undergraduate degree in Biology at Muhlenberg College. There she became passionate about public health and studied abroad in Gaborone, Botswana to learn more about the healthcare system. She also did research on local tickborne infectious diseases and their impacts on the community. After graduating, she spent a year working at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine on HIV and Hepatitis C research. She went to medical school at Temple University’s medical school campus at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Throughout her medical school career she grew to love working directly with patients, especially in women’s and reproductive health and obstetrics. She is very excited to come to the Pacific Northwest to join her family who lives nearby in Oregon – she has been coming to the Pacific Northwest at least once a year since she was a child and is excited to start calling this place home. She is delighted to be part of the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency program and develop and grow in a kind, caring, and supportive educational environment. Outside of medicine she enjoys baking, picking local fruit to make jam, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her friends and family.

Dr. Sophia Tsirigotis

Dr. Tsirigotis was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and is of Greek descent. She completed her BSc in Biology and Nutrition at the University of Alberta, where she experienced “real Canadian winters.” She spent her time traditional Greek dancing with Kyklos and volunteering at the campus food bank and Stollery Children’s Hospital. After finishing her degree, she took some time off to work in marketing but quickly realized her passion for medicine. During her medical school years, she had the opportunity to live in Newcastle, United Kingdom and Grenada. During medical school, she was an active member of student government, she assisted in student evacuations during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, organized Zoom social events and addressed student concerns with the deans and faculty. Having spent time in California, Florida and New York hospitals, she is extremely excited to return to the west coast (even to the rain) for her residency. She looks forward to serving the Olympia community and becoming an advocate for her patients, especially in underserved populations. Within family medicine, she is particularly interested in women’s health, addiction medicine and preventative medicine. You can find her reading, cooking, hiking, travelling, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

Dr. Roydel Yabut

Born and raised in West Covina, CA not too far from Los Angeles, Dr. Yabut was fortunate to be exposed to a diverse patient population. Before medicine, Roydel obtained a B.S. in Bioengineering. His M.D. was earned at Ross University School of Medicine which lead to completing the clinical half of his education at California Hospital Medical Center in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. His favorite rotation was Family Medicine, where he was able to apply his interests in Primary & Preventative Care and Sports & Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Yabut prides himself in being a motivational physician which led him to practice what all physicians preach and start his own fitness journey. During medical school, Roydel became a Marathon Training Coach for the Los Angeles Marathon and also a four-time finisher. When Roydel is not in clinic working, he is outside training for his next race.

St. Peter Family Medicine Chehalis Rural Training Program

The rural training program is centered around providing high-quality care for an underserved population. The program is based at Providence Chehalis Family Medicine with first-year rotations at Providence St. Peter Hospital alongside the Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program, and second- and third-year rotations at Providence Centralia Hospital.

Dr. Shannon Achille

Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Achille earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She then gained valuable experience working as a health coach and yoga instructor, which helped her establish a holistic view of wellness. Her passion for partnering with clients to achieve their goals led her to further explore how lifestyle can change medical outcomes and longevity. Throughout her training at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Achille gained a deep appreciation for the crucial role mental health plays in family medicine. Influenced by studies on adverse childhood experiences and books such as When the Body Says No, Dr. Achille has developed an understanding of the connection between the mind and overall health. She is committed to supporting individuals with behavioral health conditions, sensitivities, or marginalized identities. By fostering genuine connections with her patients, she believes health can be reimagined through nonjudgmental awareness and an ethos of compassion. Dr. Achille eagerly anticipates advocating for patients who face barriers to personalized care, including those affected by psychological challenges and chronic illness. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys engaging in gymnastic-inspired activities, running, listening to soulful music, painting, dancing, and exploring the world of nutritional gastronomy. She cherishes spending time in nature alongside her beloved greyhound, Jojo.

Dr. Zachary Condon

Dr. Condon found his path to medicine while in Paraguay with the U.S. Peace Corps. He later attended the University of Queensland and Ochsner Clinical School, spending two years in Brisbane, Australia (where he met his wife) and two years in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is particularly passionate about adolescent health, mental health, and caring for pregnant patients. However, he enjoys all aspects of family medicine, and wants his patients to feel comfortable talking to him about anything on their minds. Outside of medicine, he likes surfing, hiking, skiing, and aviation, having recently received his pilot's license.

Dr. Regina Souder

Dr. Souder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but was raised in the suburbs about an hour outside of the city.  She moved to Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Biology and played on the Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee team. While earning her undergraduate degree, Regina led three service learning trips to the Appalachian region. This experience helped her form a deep appreciation for the sense of community that exists in rural areas, and sparked her interest in medicine.  She later attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and fell in love with full spectrum family medicine through the course of her clinical rotations. She most enjoys forming relationships with patients and getting to know them beyond the scope of their physical care. In her free time, Regina enjoys playing ultimate frisbee with her husband, Peter, hiking, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and cuddling with her cat, Mellow. She is thrilled with the opportunity to complete her residency in Washington and can't wait to explore all the wonderful outdoor activities the state has to offer.

St. Peter-Summit Pacific Rural Family Medicine Program

This program is located in Grays Harbor County and is affiliated with the established Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program. Residents work alongside community-based, experienced family medicine faculty as an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team to provide care for the culturally diverse, rurally located, and often underserved patient population.

Dr. Adam McLeod

Dr. McLeod was born in British Columbia and is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest to provide care for patients at Summit Pacific. Prior to entering medical school, he practiced as a Naturopathic Physician and his practice focused on integrative cancer care. His unique path to medical school gives a balanced perspective on integrative medicine. As a Family medicine resident, he is committed to practicing evidence-based medicine to help improve the health of his patients and the community. Dr. McLeod enjoys spending time with his wife and children. In his spare time, he likes to explore the outdoors and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Dr. Harish Sharma

Dr. Sharma is passionate about rural medicine. He was born in India and was educated in the US and Canada. Before entering medical school, Harish spent a number of years doing medical research and has presented his work at national and international conferences. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Harish is actively involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, and post-doctoral fellows. He understands the challenges of providing quality care in a resource-limited setting and hopes in future to provide evidence-based high quality medical care to under-served populations. He is deeply invested in giving back to the community and feels that being a rural family physician will be a rewarding and fulfilling career path. In his free time, he likes listening to music and cooking. He is also fond of hiking and exploring nature.

St. Peter Family Medicine PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency

This residency prepares pharmacists to pursue an ambulatory care role where initiation and expansion of services are needed, and pharmacy leadership and education are desired.

Dr. Savannah Owen

Dr. Owen earned a PharmD degree at Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy. After graduating, she completed a community-focused PGY1 at South College School of Pharmacy where she spent time managing chronic disease states with the interdisciplinary team at a large primary care clinic. Her areas of clinical interest are endocrinology and cardiology. She is excited to serve the local patient population at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine!

Dr. Dena Thach

Dr. Thach earned a PharmD degree at the University of Houston. After graduating, she completed her PGY1 residency at Harris Health System in Bellaire, TX where she spent time managing chronic disease states and building rapport with her patients. Dr. Thach has a passion for endocrinology and cardiology. After completing her PGY2 residency with Providence St. Peter Family Medicine, she plans to establish an ambulatory service of her own.

St. Peter General Practice Dental Residency

This residency aims to expand access to high quality dental care for all patients by training the next generation of dentistry providers in an interdisciplinary setting. The partnership with Neighborcare Health provides exceptional care for patients in the Olympia community and the dentists with the tools they need to teach the residents.

Dr. Sarah Eberle

Dr. Eberle has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lewis-Clark State College and is graduating from Dental Surgery from the University of Washington. She has volunteered and worked at several dental programs, including the Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program at UW. She is a member of the American Dental Association, American Student Dental Association, Washington Academy of General Dentistry, and Washington State Dental Association. She has a passion for providing care to underserved communities. Her goal is to provide compassionate and high-quality care to all of her patients.

Dr. Matthew Godwin

Dr. Godwin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida before going to Harvard School of Dentistry where he obtained his DMD. He currently volunteers with the Give Veterans a Smile and Give Kids a Smile programs at Harvard. He is a member of the American Student Dental Association and enjoys mountain climbing. Godwin does not want to just treat teeth and mouths but treat individuals.

Dr. Daniel Hovander

Dr. Hovander has a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Western Washington University. He received his DDS from University of Washington School of Dentistry. He is the president and founder of the Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Club at UW and has coordinated several community service events through the American Student Dental Association, where he serves as Community Service Chair. He is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is passionate about providing accessible dental care to all.

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